Jul 24, 2013, 12:10 pm
The anxiously awaited New Jersey Lottery winners from the May 31 Mega Millions drawing have come forward to validate their ticket and claim their prize at Lottery Headquarters.
Darryl and Judith Smith from Mays Landing are the official winners of the $30 million jackpot prize.
The camera shy couple sat across from their attorneys and completed the claims process with Lottery officials. Upon completion, Judith Smith smiled and said, "We are thankful for the blessing and the opportunities that it opens up for us. We would greatly appreciate that our privacy be respected."
Carole Hedinger, Lottery Executive Director said, "We are thrilled to meet the latest New Jersey Lottery jackpot winners! The sale of this winning ticket marks the fourth time in 2013 that New Jersey has produced a major jackpot winner." The winning streak was kicked off on January 25th with the $89 million Mega Millions win by Angel Guallpa-Mayancela from Orange, followed by the March 23rd, $338.3 million Powerball win by Pedro Quezada from Passaic, then the $190 million May 17th Mega Millions win by Giuseppe "Joe" Garofalo of Tinton Falls and now the May 31st Mega Millions jackpot win by Mr. and Mrs. Smith. "It's good to be New Jersey," stated Hedinger.
Mr. Smith purchased the Mega Millions winning ticket in Atlantic County at Vineland Truck Stop, 760 Harding Way in Buena. It was the only ticket in the nation sold that matched all five white balls and Gold Megaball to claim the $30 million Mega Millions jackpot for the May 31 drawing. The winning numbers were 2, 20, 26, 44, and 46, with Mega Ball number 26. The Megaplier Multiplier was 3.
In addition to the jackpot win, three lucky players from New Jersey purchased $10,000 winning tickets. Two of the tickets were purchased in Middlesex County one at: Acme Check Cashing Service, 1259 US 1 South, Edison and the other at: Windsor Pharmacy, 722 Route 18, East Brunswick. There was a Monmouth County ticket sold at Welsh Farms Country Deli, 4057 Asbury Ave., Tinton Falls.
In addition to the Garden State's jackpot winner and third prize winners, 31,153 other New Jersey players took home $120,440 in prizes ranging from $2 to $150, according to Hedinger.
Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 43 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For a complete set of game descriptions, results, history, and all questions regarding Mega Millions, lottery players are encouraged to visit USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site that caters to the Unites States's two multi-state lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions.
The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega Tuesday and Friday nights, minutes after the 11:00 pm Eastern Time drawing takes place.
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